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June 29, 2014

Find out online how often Kansas abuse reports are substantiated

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.

The records: Historical reports about the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ findings about abuse against children and seniors.

Why you’d want them: To learn more about how often the department “substantiates” a report of abuse or neglect. To substantiate means to find there is “clear and convincing evidence” to conclude a person’s actions meet the state’s legal definition of abuse or neglect and that the person should not be allowed to reside, work or regularly volunteer in a child care facility regulated by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Where you get it: Go to www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Pages/HistoricalInvestigativeFindings.aspx.

How much does it cost: The information is free.

Deb Gruver

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